Because I Can

Enid Blyton Characters Reappear

It’s interesting to me that I was just thinking about all the old Enid Blyton books I loved to read when I was a kid and in the mornings papers was this story: Famous Five Set to Find Fame. Made me feel almost magical.I read the ‘Secret Seven’ series, the ‘Famous Five’ of course, but loved the ‘Faraway Tree’ trilogy and ‘Wishing Chair’ set more I think. My...

Tomorrow all will be Beautiful by Brigid Lowry

This book is a pleasure not to be missed. It is a collection of short stories, letter exchanges, dialogues and poems delicately illustrated. She writes about the joys and tragedies and leaves you feeling hopeful and alive. ‘Tomorrow all will be Beautiful’ notices the details in life that are juicy. It’s a funny, cool book that touched me and made me feel validated as a sometimes crazy, passionate,...

Sick Again!!

I had to come home from school today as I began vomming (as my son calls it) again. This is the third time in the last month I have experienced this. I cried tears of frustration and had to be picked up by my parents just like a school kid. Lucky they could do that for me. I have slept all day and am trying not to spend the little energy I have right now on being cranky. Because I can. Comment, because YOU...

12 Must Read Books for Teens

I said earlier that I would create my own list of 12 books to read before you turn 12. I can’t do it. I have given it a lot of thought and as I teacher I am constantly referring students to books. Mind you, my students are generally between the ages of 12- 16. I have to know a young person before I could suggest a book for them. I have read a lot of books for young adults. There is such an amazing variety. So...

Cloudy Bloody Moon August 2007

Whilst on the phone tonight I caught glimpses of the blood moon between crossing cloudscapes. It was both frustrating and at times dramatic and beautiful. I didn’t sit watching for the entire course of the lunar eclipse, but enjoyed what I saw. I hope other parts of Australia got a better view and I look forward to seeing some photo’s. Update: Meg has some great photo’s up from Sydney – check...

Lost and Found Women

While I was cooking dinner this evening, the phone rang. I nearly didn’t answer it, expecting a telemarketer! I couldn’t resist. It was my long lost friend Ronece. I was speechless with delight, for about two seconds. We have just enjoyed a long chat on the phone, catching up on over 5 years that we haven’t been in touch. Our children have grown, my career has changed, I live in a different town,...

Mission Statement for Joh Blogs

My blog’s mission is to leave a legacy for my as yet unborn grandchildren. My kids aren’t even married yet! I loved my grandparents thoroughly and finding a little diary of my nana’s after she’d left the planet was an amazing gift, that I wanted to pass on. It will be a record of the things I valued and thought enough of to write a blog post. There are lots of side benefits such as knowing...

Melbourne Writers Festival Today

We saw three authors speak today and each had something valuable to say. The first up was Maureen McCarthy, then Greg Pyers and finally Brigid Lowry. I thoroughly enjoyed the balmy spring day in the city with some of my favourite ‘book worm’ students. Maureen McCarthyMaureen McCarthy has written a number of books and I have read Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude Get A Life and enjoyed the TV series. After...

Lunar Eclipse – 28th August 2007

I know, I Ooopsed earlier in the month, yet I found a good article about the Eclipse of the Moon on the ABC via newsvine tonight and I thought since I gave the wrong information earlier, I should give some correct stuff to counterbalance on the very day. Because I can. Comment, because YOU...

‘To the Boy in Berlin’ by Elizabeth Honey and Heike Brandt

‘To the Boy in Berlin‘ was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards Younger Readers category. Elizabeth Honey teams up with Heike Brandt to create a compassionate and tolerant duo of mystery solvers. The characters based in Australia and Germany email one another to satisfy the curiosity of Henni who has found some old things and began asking questions about the past. The kids share their current lives and the...

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